Video Poker at Rival Gaming Online CasinosBy: Mark Freedman, Friday December 4th 2009
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Video poker games are popular at Internet casinos and therefore all online gaming software providers include these games in their portfolio. Rival Gaming offers seven variants of video poker at its online casinos. These are Aces & Faces, Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker and Tens or Better. Each variant has its own payout table but otherwise the game layout and the procedure of play are identical.
In Rival Gaming online casinos the single hand and multi-hand video poker games are combined. Players are required to choose the number of hands they want to play from single hand, 4 hands, 10 hands and 25 hands. There are minor differences between the single hand and multi-hand games. The single hand games are dealt with in this article.
The pay table appears on the top portion of the screen. The payouts for one to five coins wagered are displayed in separate columns. The center portion is reserved for the cards dealt. At the bottom are the buttons required to operate the game. The player first chooses the coin denomination using the appropriate button. He then chooses the number of coins he wants to wager. This is done by clicking on the Bet One button the appropriate number of times. In the pay table the column corresponding to the number of coins chosen gets highlighted. The player can choose five coins by clicking on the Bet Max button. The selections made are displayed in a panel above the buttons. These indicate the number of coins, the number of hands, the total bet and a place is left blank for the amount won, which will be filled in after the hand is played.
The initial hand is dealt by clicking on the Deal button. Players click on the cards they want to hold. These then get marked with 'HOLD'. The Deal button gets converted to the Draw button. Clicking this button replaces the cards that are not on hold. If the player has a winning hand the amount won as per the pay table is indicated in the panel and the player’s account is credited.
In order to get maximum advantage while playing video poker games at Rival Gaming online casinos the player must understand the options available to him. These options can be accessed through the Options button. The common options are the game speed, full screen and audio options. However the more crucial options are those that are specific to video poker games. By enabling the Auto Hold option, the cards that make up a winning combination in the dealt hand are automatically put on hold. This prevents the player from making a mistake due to oversight. If the player wants to free any of these cards he can do so by clicking on it. The other important option in Rival Gaming video poker games is Allow Double. When this is enabled the player has an option of trying to double his payout by clicking on the Double button. If he wants to, he can collect the winnings by clicking the Collect button.
The Double game is very interesting in Rival Gaming video poker games. The dealer's card is dealt face up and four cards are dealt face down. The player has to pick one of the face down cards. If that card is higher ranked than the dealer's card then the player doubles the payout. Otherwise he loses the amount that he has won in the video poker game.
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